Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Postcards, Business Cards, and Plane Tickets, Oh My!

Though it's still two months away, I have NCECA on my mind in a big way. I have a list of things that need to get done before then, from business cards to plane tickets. Seriously, it's been so long since I purchased a plane ticket that I don't know how anymore. I keep checking back on expedia and kayak.com and a few others, but it feels like this can't be the way people do it. As a side note, did you know that airfare sites will save your IP data and what dates you were looking for, and then charge you more for the specific dates you searched?? Seems like that ought to be illegal, a crime of general assholery. So, do your searches from your own computer, but when you are ready to buy your ticket, do it from someone else's, or from the public library.

In addition, to take full advantage of my brief turn on the stage, I need to have postcards made, with contact information. Postcards are just generally a good idea; I'll have business cards also, but postcards get taped up onto studio walls and stuck on people's refrigerators - they stick around longer, and keep your work visible.
The usual approach to postcards is to choose one good, representative piece, put that image on one side, and your contact info on the back. Regular readers of this blog know that I am almost constitutionally incapable of just doing things the tried-and-true way, without at least trying a different approach. Sometimes this works for me, as it did with my art fair display(or is. Or will. It's a work in progress.) Sometimes i learn that the conventional wisdom is conventional for a reason, and my novel idea falls flat. In any case, I am at it again: I like the way my work looks in grouping, so I decided to go with a collage, above or my postcard image. The collage also lets me put the business name (Fine Mess Pottery, in case you forgot :) )on the front, in a way that's more casual than the Black-Times-Roman, all-caps text along the bottom that you often see. Those always look like they should be engraved on a tomb, to me. My work is casual and fun and not at all funereal; why can't the design of the postcard reflect some of those qualities?

The back will have my name, the business name again, the website and email address and hmmm...I suppose I ought to put a phone number.


Linda Starr said...

wonder if you can clear the cache with piriform cleaner and have it remove your IP address, just crazy that is

Linda Starr said...

I just clicked on your link to shop, wow, the pots, and the photos and the set up is beautiful.

Linda Starr said...

oh I shared your shop on clay buddies on fb hope you don't mind

Lori Watts said...

Thanks Linda! I appreciate that. I saw a bounce in visits, now I know why. :)

Marian Williams said...

Hey, I'm going to NCECA too! Can't wait! I'd love to meet you in person-when are you speaking? I understand potters have cards, giveaways, etc??
All the best,

Lori Watts said...

Just found it on the preliminary program:

Thursday March 17th
4:00pm - 4:30pm
2505 A/B (Level 2)
Process: That's a Stretch
By Lori Watts
If you've ever wondered how the guys at the pizza shop get the dough so thin, this demo is for you! Watts will throw the
pieces of a butterdish and then slap, flip, and swing them into oval shapes.